Bentley could well be on his way to Malaga.
Premier League flop and former Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur winger David Bentley has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Malaga, according to Sky Sports.
The 28-year-old was released by Spurs this summer after a fairly ineffective five years in north London following a £17m move in 2008.
Bentley has spent loan spells at West Ham United, Birmingham City, FK Rostov and back to Blackburn in the past two years, having completely fallen out of the first team scene at White Hart Lane.
Now the midfielder – once touted as the successor to David Beckham on the right side of midfield for England – may be given another chance with Malaga, Espanyol and Dutch side FC Utrecht all having shown interest.
It would take a significant effort on Bentley’s part to salvage what was once a supremely promising career; although having the burden of the price-tag at Tottenham removed from the Englishman’s shoulders should go some way in helping.
Malaga are desperate to find new talent on the wings having lost both Isco and Joaquin this summer – previously the Spanish side’s first choice players on the flanks.
It’s going to be a tough season for the La Liga club as along with watching a host of first team players depart, talismanic manager Manuel Pellegrini has also gone to take charge at Manchester City.
Bentley meanwhile would bring a bagful of experience, if nothing else, to Spain having played 184 Premier League matches to date and also having earned seven caps for England.